TV Ratings Monday: ‘The Bachelor’ Premieres Down; Entire CBS Line Up & ‘Castle’ Return Up

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The 15th season premiere of The Bachelor came in below its 14th season start, while the entire returning CBS line up ratings increased and easily topped the adults 18-49 ratings for the night. Univision finished third for adults 18-49 ahead of repeat line ups from NBC and Fox.

The Bachelor’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating was down 12% from last season’s premiere 3.3 adults 18-49 rating (1/4/10) and the show’s second lowest premiere ever. Our readers polled results nailed it. At 10pm, Castle recovered from its season low 1.9 rating on 12/6/10, up 26% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. That’s still Castle’s second lowest rating of the season.

CBS’s entire line up was up in the ratings in its 2011 return vs. their last original episodes on 12/13/10. How I Met Your Mother’s 3.9 adults 18-49 rating was up 8%, while Rules of Engagement increased 6% to a 3.4 rating. Two And A Half Men was up 10% to a 4.6 rating, and Mike & Molly grew 3% to a 3.7 rating. Hawaii Five-0 found a bit more traction, up 4% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, January 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 3.9 11 10.374
ABC THE BACHELOR 2.6 7 8.870
FOX HOUSE – R 1.4 4 4.664
NBC CHUCK – R 0.8 2 2.855
CW 90210 – R 0.5 1 1.171
8:30 CBS RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 3.4 9 9.907
ABC THE BACHELOR 2.8 7 8.911
FOX HOUSE – R 1.5 4 4.883
NBC CHUCK – R 0.7 2 2.211
CW 90210 – R 0.4 1 1.051
9:00 CBS TWO AND A HALF MEN 4.6 11 15.340
ABC THE BACHELOR 3.0 7 8.899
FOX LIE TO ME – R 1.1 3 3.876
CW GOSSIP GIRL – R 0.3 1 0.795
9:30 CBS MIKE & MOLLY 3.7 9 12.594
ABC THE BACHELOR 3.1 8 9.335
FOX LIE TO ME – R 1.1 3 3.885
CW GOSSIP GIRL – R 0.3 1 0.719
10:00 CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 2.9 8 10.907
ABC CASTLE 2.5 7 9.723
10:30 CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 2.8 8 10.764
ABC CASTLE 2.3 7 9.497

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.6/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.2/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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